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Welcome to Natural Pain Relief For Fibromyalgia

 

Chronic Pain Relief

There is so much advice out there about chronic pain but what really works?

Sufferers are so mislead by the media because there is such a big profit opportunity from people who are desperate to end their pain.

– Drug companies advertise on tv that their pill is the secret to living a great life as they list off their side effects that take up half the commercial time.

– Tylenol companies advertise that their pain pills “get you back to normal”.

Is that what the world has come to? We are normal if we are drugged up on prescription medications and pain meds?

We are so desperate to find relief we try this and that only to find that it isn’t
really working.

We have to put up with side effects such as:

– weight gain, head aches, stomach pain, swelling, constipation, diarrhea, decreased sexual desire or ability, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, increased sweating, loss of appetite, increased appetite, sore throat, tiredness, trouble sleeping, vomiting, weakness.

Then there are the more severe symptoms of:

– severe allergic reactions such as  rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing,
tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, unusual
hoarseness, bizarre behaviour, bloody or black tarry stools, blurred vision,
confusion, dark urine, decreased concentration, decreased coordination,
fainting, fast or irregular heartbeat, fever or chills, hallucinations, memory
loss, mouth sores or ulcers, new or worsening mental or mood changes eg.
aggressiveness, agitation, anxiety, depression, hostility, impulsiveness,
irritability, panic attacks, restlessness, pale stools, red swollen, blistered
or peeling skin, ringing in the ears, seizures, severe or persistent dizziness
or headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tiredness, weakness, trouble sleeping, sluggishness, stiff muscles, stomach pain, suicidal thoughts or attempts, tremors, trouble urinating, unusual bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness, vomitting that looks like coffee grounds, yellowing of the skin or eyes.

Then we have the unfortunate who experience

– heart attacks, strokes, kidney damage, liver damage, successful suicides, anaphylaxis shock and even death.

That is quite a list isn’t it? And all from these drugs that are going to help with your pain and change your life as you know it. Helping you with your pain. That list came mostly from the Cymbalta side effects list, one of the drugs of choice for Fibromyalgia.

I looked to the medical system for years and I experienced a long list of the above and a near death situation. If I didn’t have such a big will to live I wouldn’t be here. Well believe me, if you keep taking pills year after year you WILL develop stomach problems along with a wide array of new symptoms. It seems like you keep adding illnesses to your list of conditions and they keep adding pills for the symptoms which mostly come from the pills. It is like a domino effect that keeps you falling the wrong way, into a chronic pain syndrome instead of out of pain, you become weakened and more dependant on everyone.

There is another way and I am finding my way out of the deep dark hole of our current medical system that didn’t work for me. It was weakening my body to a point that I didn’t find much reason for living. Nothing worked, pills had me to a point that I couldn’t eat anything because it caused so much internal pain, I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t wake up, I was in a permanent brain fog and on and on. There was only one way to describe it, MISERY. I went for help and ended up getting more symptoms, more pain, more disbelief from sceptic doctors, more frustration and a lot of pills.

Now today is different. I am still in pain but I have learned how to deal with my it on such a positive level. My stomach is so much better, I have less symptoms, I can sleep better, the brain fog is gone, I know my triggers, I know how to deal with each symptom, I know when and what contributes to my pain and I feel alive instead of near death. That alone is worth it’s weight and gold. Before I dreaded living the rest of my life in the state I was in, now I feel there is a light and I am looking forward to being pain free one day. I look forward to having grandchildren one day and being able to be with them instead of them sitting in my wheelchair with me or lying in my death bed.

If you want to learn to live your life with your pain opposed to suffering your life away with pain, I invite you to sign up for my newsletter and follow my path to wellness. I want to help you help yourself out of a very hard life of the
chronic pain cycle. The answer isn’t in a pill bottle but in a wide array of
solutions. I can help!

Please read some of my articles that might help you and browse around the website. There is lots of information that will hopefully help you understand where some of your pain might be coming from.


http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/category/medicine


http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/category/fibromyalgia-info


http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/category/what-the-heck-is-in-our-food


http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/category/dangerous-foods


http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/category/petitions-worthy-causes

 

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Um um, check out this video on treating meat with carbon monoxide to keep it looking fresh longer for you. What a treat!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIwx3nVIRsU&feature=related

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation says symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are as below:

Mild:

– flu like symptoms such as

– headache

– runny nose

– sore eyes

Medium:

– drowsiness

– dizziness

– vomiting

– sense of disorientation and confusion

Extreme:

– Unconsciousness

– brain damage

– death


http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/maho/yohoyohe/inaiqu/inaiqu_002.cfm

So what would this be doing internally when ingesting it through meat? It can’t be good. We are not meant to ingest it let alone inhale it from leaky furnaces, fireplaces or appliances. I don’t understand why they would want to make something look good beyond it’s expiration date anyways. It is very misleading for people that it is still good to eat when it should actually be thrown out.No wonder there is so much illness.

I think we have the right to know this is in our food and the food should be labelled as such. Just as GMO, Aspartame and MSG should be labelled as such and not disguised under different names. Did you know Kraft, Kellogg’s and Coke use genetically modified beet sugar in their products? I didn’t and I am insulted that they use them without our knowledge. They are poisoning our families without letting us have a choice.


http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/942


http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/1090

For the past 60 years, the Poultry Industry and the FDA denied that the arsenic (a known carcinogen) in the chicken feed would end up in the meat. The evidence is so undeniable that the manufacturer, surprise, Pfizer agreed to pull it off the shelf in US but not necessarily for other countries. They say it is safe to eat cancer causing arsenic but it is dangerous to drink elderberry juice. This
arsenic chicken poop is feed to the cattle and made into hamburger for you. Um ummm!!


http://www.naturalnews.com/032659_arsenic_chicken.html

Albert Einstein

Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.

 

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I read a few articles in theglobeandmail.com site about sugar, maple syrup, corn syrup and fructose. Are you confused what is good for you and what isn’t? Your not alone, especially when we are mislead by the media in so many ways. Depending on who does the study varies what kind of results we hear. The best thing to do is get the facts from people who are genuinely concerned about your health, not their pocket book and work on making changes to eliminate as much sugar you can out of your diet. Here is what we do know.

Sugar is:

glucose

fructose (fruit sugar)

lactose (milk)

sucrose (table sugar)

maltose or malts (rice malt and honey)

jam (contains concentrated juice, which is high in fruit sugar)

maple syrup

corn syrup

palm sugar (used in macrobiotic cooking)

the very deceiving organic brown sugar (not all that different from white sugar)

alchohol (even a sugar)

No wonder we get so much of it, it is in everything!

Nancy Appleton, PhD, clinical nutritionist, has compiled a list of 146 reasons on ‘how sugar is ruining your health’ in her book Lick the Sugar Habit. Here are some of the problems that sugar can cause or can contribute to:

* decrease growth hormone (the key to staying youthful and lean)
* feeds cancer
* increases cholesterol
* weaken eyesight
* drowsiness and decreased activity in children
* interfere with the absorption of protein
* food allergies
* diabetes
* eczema in children
* cardiovascular disease
* impair the structure of DNA
* hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children
* reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases)
* greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)
* osteoporosis

Isn’t that enough to make you think twice about that double, double from Tim Horton’s or Dunkin’s? Mix that coffee with your burger and fries and you get a double whollop of

“Ultimately we have found that fat and caffeinated coffee are impairing the communication between the gut and the pancreas, which could be playing a role in why participants couldn’t clear the sugar from their blood as easily,” said Beaudoin.

Referring to the impact coffee had five hours after consuming the fat drink, Beaudoin added, “This shows that the effects of a high-fat meal can last for hours. What you eat for lunch can impact how your body responds to food later in the day”.

So they have found maple syrup to have similar benefits of superfoods like berries and flax seeds. I personally wouldn’t be drowning your pancakes in it because they say it is healthy for you. Too much of anything isn’t good for you and because it is still a sugar, it can cause all kinds of problems such as diabetes, candida (yeast) overgrowth, heart disease, obesity and on and on. It isn’t the harmless sugar we once thought it to be.

The next study showed that it helped cancer grow. I believe it, through experience, I watched my Mother die of breast cancer. In her last year as the cancer advanced into stage 4, her appetite for sugar continually increased. She used more and more syrup on her pancakes, more brown sugar in her oatmeal and more and more chocolate. The more she ate, the more frail she got. She became a mere shadow of the woman she was. It seemed the more sugar she fed her body, the more it fueled the cancer. It was hard to watch her die, she was a trouper though, she fought for 5 long, hard years. Her father died of lung cancer and neither one like to eat vegetables, ate lots of fish, white flour and dairy products.

Scientists from the University of Rhode Island have discovered Canadian maple syrup may have similar health benefits of superfoods, like berries, tea, red wine and flax seeds. Read the story here:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/is-maple-syrup-the-new-super-food/article1967263/

Fructose can trigger cancer cells to grow faster, study finds

Leslie Beck

Now, a study published last week in the journal Cancer Research adds to the growing controversy over the potential health risks of fructose, a form of sugar added to thousands of foods and soft drinks.

According to researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, the sweetener triggers pancreatic cancer cells to grow more quickly.

The major sources of fructose in our diet are sucrose (table sugar) and high fructose corn syrup, a sweetener found in soft drinks, fruit drinks, candy, cookies, ketchup, salad dressings, cereal bars, frozen dinners and countless other processed foods.

While it’s widely known that cancer cells use glucose to fuel their growth, last week’s findings were the first to link fructose to cancer growth. The cancer cells grew at fructose concentrations easily attainable in our North American diet and they did so at a similar rate to glucose.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/fructose-can-trigger-cancer-cells-to-grow-faster-study-finds/article1669043/

The trouble with fructose is that the body delivers it to the liver, where it can lead to a buildup of fats and contribute to diabetes, heart disease and other health issues. But as Ms. Butler writes, the problem isn’t whether we’re getting our fructose from sugar or corn syrup; it’s that we’re simply consuming too much of it.

The final word? “In high-enough quantities, they’re both poison,” pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig of the University of California San Francisco tells Ms. Butler.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/is-corn-syrup-really-a-health-villain/article1942686/

***What isn’t in this study is that most corn syrup is that it is made from genetically modified organisms which can cause a host of problems.

It did, however, reveal higher blood triglyceride levels among those who consumed the most sugar. Triglycerides are made in the liver from the foods you eat. A blood triglyceride level higher than 1.7 mmol/L is considered elevated and usually means you eat more calories than you burn or you drink too much alcohol.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/conditions/heart-and-stroke/cholesterol/added-sugars-increase-heart-disease-risk/article1541649/

So there you pretty much have it. So all the above sugar all contributes to ill health. Where do we go from here? Two sugars that you can use without risking diabetes, heart disease, yeast infection and all the above. The herb Stevia and Xylitol have been proven to be safe and work great together. Find them both in the Natural News Store:

Read more on Stevia and Xylitol here and the ill effects of sugar:

http://www.naturalnews.com/022692.html

Latest is coconut sugar also found in the link above.

Lets have a look at the two drugs they are currently prescribing for Fibromyalgia, Cymbalta and Lyrica. I found this from the Patients like me website.

Cymbalta side effects as an overall problem of 754 people, 511 experienced side effect, 119 being severe. Of the 481 side effects reported, the most common were libido decreased, sweating increased, nausea, dizziness, brain cloud and insomnia, most being moderate to severe.

Lyrica side effects as an overall problem of 604 people, 484 experienced side effects, 151 of them being severe. Of the 610 side effects reported, the most common were weight gain, brain fog, daytime sleepiness, dizziness, lack of concentration and blurry vision.

Interesting enough, after 18 years of the drugs they have given me, since giving them up, the brain fog or cloud has disappeared, the weight gain has stopped and I have returned to my normal weight, I don’t experience the dizziness anymore or the nausea (except from certain foods), my concentration is better and I sleep better now.

It has taken a very strict program of chiropractic care/stretching/exercise/diet changes/herbals/vitamins/giving up certain things/adding certain things plus many more hints and tips, an overall combination of events that is finally helping me. I am by all means not cured but I am far better off than a year ago and I can see things a lot more clearly now. Understanding your body and what is going on with it is half the battle instead of drowning it with chemical drugs in hope for a cure. Not one of the many, many drugs I was on cured anything, only complicated things for me and I could see the drugs were going to be detrimental to me in the long term.

My questions are:

Why are we okay with drugs that give a majority of users side effects that are mild to severe, yet don’t really help?

How can all these drugs be good for our organs in the long term?

How can they drug this illness when they don’t even know what it is?

How do they know they aren’t making it worse?

Some of us can’t take the drugs anymore, what about us? Are there any other Fibromyalgia sufferers in the same boat? Please share you comments.

Cymbalta

Side effect as an overall problem

Severe         119

Moderate   179

Mild             213

None           243

Most commonly reported side effects

Sex drive (libido) decreased   97

Sweating increased                    90

Nausea                                           89

Dizziness

Lyrica

Side effects as an overall problem

Severe         151

Moderate   175

Mild             158

None            120

Most commonly reported side effects

Weight gain                      164

Brain fog                            102

Daytime sleepiness          95

Dizziness                          92

Lack of Concentration 81

Blurry vision                    76

 

 

What I find interesting about Codeine is how we use this drug so freely, yet it is:

– dangerously addictive

– causes numerous side effects

– can cause erectile dysfunction and diminished libido which can be a longer-term effect (years to decades). Even worse, they make a pill called Viagra to make up for that erectile dysfunction which in turn, we know can add to even more problems!

I listed what sources you could be getting codeine from, the possible side effect and withdrawals. Have a good look, there may be a source you weren’t aware of.

Do we ever suspect that the drugs we are taking could be causing the symptoms in the first place? Not usually, especially over-the-counter drugs. They can’t be harmful, you can buy them off the shelf, right? We throw them in the cart like they are part of our groceries nowadays. Part of our weekly chemical intoxicants.

Even worse, we mix them with alcohol, prescription drugs, street drugs or even certain foods that have a chemical reaction. If you seriously think about it, most of our foods are chemical cocktails. Quite a mix going on there, a chemical war for. It only leads to more pain and suffering in the long run, believe me, especially if you end up with kidney or liver failure or something serious. Think twice before you start mixing prescriptions and over-the counter drugs. Take care of yourself.

Codeine

The true dangers are overuse as it has become so wide spread in so many products. It is:

– marketed as both a single-ingredient drug

– in combination preparations with the analgesic acetaminophen (paracetamol, as co-codamol paracod, panadeine, or the Tylenol With Codeine series (e.g., Tylenol 3 and 4 tablets and elixir)

– with the analgesic acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin), as co-codaprin

– with the NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) ibuprofen, as Nurofen Plus. These combinations provide greater pain relief than either agent alone (drug synergy). Commonly marketed in products containing:

– codeine with other pain killers – muscle relaxers such as Fioricet with Codeine, Soma Compound/Codeinecodeine mixed with phenacetin (Emprazil With Codeine No. 1, 2, 3, and 4), naproxen, indomethacin, diclofenac and others – more complex mixtures including such mixtures as aspirin + paracetamol + codeine ± caffeine ± antihistamines and other agents such as mentioned above – Codeine-only products can be obtained with a prescription as a time release tablet (e.g., Codeine Contin 100 mg and Perduretas 50 mg)

– also marketed in cough syrups with zero to a half-dozen other active ingredients

– a linctus (e.g., Paveral) for all of the uses for which codeine is indicated.

injectable codeine is available for subcutaneous or intramuscular injection; intravenous injection can cause a serious reaction that can progress to anaphylaxis (you don’t want to go there, the anaphylaxis is life threatening and a horrible roller coaster from hell you can’t get off. I experienced that from a 3 month injection of Lupron)

Codeine suppositories are also marketed in some countries

Are you starting to see how you could overdose so easily? These are the silent killers. So easy to consume, but with such serious consequences. You may not see your liver or kidneys being destroyed from mixing, but eventually you may feel some effects like erectile dysfunction or rashes or intestinal pain.

Rather than linking the symptoms to the use or overuse of the codeine or drugs, we are off to get diagnosed for this strange skin rash or a prescription for Viagra. Many of these symptoms could disappear without the addition of new drugs but rather the mere elimination of certain chemicals or food.

Sure, you have pain but getting to the root cause of your pain is the best answer. Long term pain killer use can cause serious damage to humans.

Adverse effects

Common effects other than analgesia associated with the use of codeine include:

– euphoria

– itching

– nausea

– vomiting

– drowsiness

– dry mouth

– miosis

– orthostatic hypotension

– urinary retention

– depression

– constipation

– lack of sexual drive

– increased complications in erectile dysfunction

– some people may also have an allergic reaction to codeine, such as the swelling of skin and rashes

erectile dysfunction and diminished libido can be a longer-term effect (years to decades) of many narcotic analgesics due to development of central hypogonadism; this appears to be an especially common effect of methadone.

– the hypoglycaemic effect of codeine, although usually weaker than that of morphine, diamorphine, or hydromorphone, can lead to cravings for sugar.

Tolerance to many of the effects of codeine develops with prolonged use, including therapeutic effects. The rate at which this occurs develops at different rates for different effects, with tolerance to the constipation-inducing effects developing particularly slowly for instance.

A potentially serious adverse drug reaction, as with other opioids, is respiratory depression. This depression is dose-related and is the mechanism for the potentially fatal consequences of overdose.

as codeine is metabolized to morphine, morphine can be passed through breast milk in potentially lethal amounts, fatally depressing the respiration of a breastfed baby.

Withdrawal effects

As with other opiate-based pain killers, chronic use of codeine can cause physical dependence. When physical dependence has developed, withdrawal symptoms may occur if a person suddenly stops the medication. Withdrawal symptoms include

– drug craving

– runny nose

– yawning

– sweating

– insomnia

– weakness

– stomach cramps

– nausea

– vomiting

– diarrhea

– muscle spasms

– chills

– irritability

– pain

To minimize withdrawal symptoms, long-term users should gradually reduce their codeine medication under the supervision of a healthcare professional. A support group called Codeine Free exists to help people who have found themselves dependent on codeine.

Codeine

Generic Name: codeine (KOE deen)

Important information about codeine

– codeine may be habit-forming

– do not drink alcohol. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with a narcotic pain medicine.

– never take codeine in larger amounts, or for longer than recommended by your doctor – follow the directions on your prescription label

– tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your pain. (This is really important, sometimes we stay on a medication for years, seriously consider if it is really working for you. Why risk possible organ damage and premature death for something that isn’t even helping?)

codeine may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert

do not stop using codeine suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using codeine.

Before taking codeine

Do not use codeine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a narcotic medicine (examples include:

– methadone

– morphine

– OxyContin

– Darvocet

– Percocet

– Vicodin

– Lortab

– many others
*****You should also not take codeine if you are having an asthma attack or if you have a bowel obstruction called paralytic ileus.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether codeine will harm an unborn baby. Codeine may cause addiction or withdrawal symptoms in a newborn if the mother takes this medicine during pregnancy.  Codeine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. The use of codeine by some nursing mothers may lead to life-threatening side effects in the baby. Do not use codeine without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Information from:

http://www.drugs.com/codeine.html

www.canada.com

Medical journal raises concerns about

codeine use

By Sharon Kirkey, Postmedia News

– can be lethally toxic even in normal doses

– Canada’s leading medical journal says it’s time to seriously consider phasing out the popular painkille

– The Canadian Medical Association Journal says codeine — a drug that has been in use since the 1800s —has never been subjected to the safety testing now mandatory for modern day drugs, and that a person’s genetic makeup can leave them vulnerable to life-threatening or fatal reactions.

– recent advances in our understanding of pharmacogenetics raise serious concerns about the safety of codeine, including emerging evidence that the narcotic can cause death even at conventional doses.”

– the liver converts codeine to morphine. But some people are ultrarapid metabolizers, meaning their bodies break codeine down far faster than most, leading to a toxic accumulation of morphine that can be deadly.

“We now have more cases in Canada,” said Dr. Gideon Koren, director of the Motherisk program at Sick Kids and a professor at the University of Toronto.

” Koren has also started a study involving children who are sent home with codeine after a tonsillectomy with an apnea monitor. “The study’s ongoing but I can tell you quite a few of them show episodes of apnea — they stop breathing.

So this is serious,” Koren says. Currently, there are 124 approved and marketed products containing codeine in Canada, including over the counter cough and cold medicines, analgesics and back pain medications.

Drug products containing more than 8 mg of codeine are available with a prescription. Tylenol 3 — Tylenol with codeine — is among the top 20 prescribed drugs in Canada.

In a statement, Janssen-Ortho Inc., makers of Tylenol, said the company “remains confident that its products are safe and effective for consumers. We don’t believe it is appropriate for us to comment on the CMAJ editorial.”

Last year, nearly 2.5 million prescriptions worth $37.3 million were filled by retail drugstores, according to prescription drug tracking firm IMS Health Canada. Until more research is done into codeine’s safety, physicians should be warned of the potential for harm, the CMAJ says. “We really think there needs to be some serious look at ensuring that physicians are warned about toxicity — and the general public is warned about toxicity,” MacDonald said. Read the full article at: http://www.canada.com/health/Medical+journal+raises+concerns+about+codeine/3621069/story.html

Consider phasing out codeine: CMAJ

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 5, 201

The widely used painkiller codeine is potentially dangerous and may need to be phased out altogether until more safety research is done, an editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal says.Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/10/05/health-codeine-cmaj-phase-out.html#ixzz17vygiccz

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/10/05/health-codeine-cmaj-phase-out.html#ixzz17vyNDPq9

http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/10/05/health-codeine-cmaj-phase-out.html

Codeine more lethal than OxyContin:

N.L. data

Last Updated: Monday, October 30, 2006 | 10:35 AM NT

CBC News

Codeine, a common ingredient in over-the-counter cold medicines, has been more lethal than OxyContin in Newfoundland and Labrador, according to provincial government data. The office of Newfoundland and Labrador’s chief medical examiner listed codeine as the cause or a contributing factor in the deaths of 16 people between 2000 and 2005.
Need some natural pain relief?

diclofenac/misoprostol – oral, Arthrotec

SIDE EFFECTS: 

– diarrhea and upset stomach

– nausea

– heartburn

– gas

– stomach pain

– constipation

– headache

– tiredness

– drowsiness

– dizziness

**Rarely, diarrhea can become so severe and persistent that it may lead to dehydration

– severe/persistent diarrhea

– stomach cramps

– severe dizziness

– decreased amount of urine

– muscle weakness

****Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:

– difficult/painful swallowing

– swelling of the hands/feet

– sudden/unexplained weight gain

– vision changes

– hearing changes (e.g., ringing in the ears)

– mental/mood changes (e.g., depression)

– fast/pounding heartbeat

– persistent/severe headache

– fainting 

– unusual/heavy vaginal bleeding 

– menstrual problems/irregular periods

****Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur:

– change in the amount of urine

– easy bruising/bleeding

– signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat)

– unexplained stiff neck

– seizures

******This drug may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) liver disease. If you notice any of the following rare but very serious side effects, stop taking diclofenac/misoprostol and tell your doctor immediately:

– yellowing eyes/skin

– dark urine

– unusual/extreme tiredness

– severe stomach/abdominal pain

– persistent nausea/vomiting

******A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include:

– rash

– itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat)

– severe dizziness

– trouble breathing

**This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

 

In Canada – Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

PRECAUTIONS: if you are allergic to either of these drugs;

 aspirin or other NSAIDs – ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib

– aspirin-sensitive asthma 

– recent heart bypass surgery 

– certain liver problem 

– kidney disease

– liver disease

– stomach/intestine/esophagus problems – bleeding, ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease

– heart disease

– high blood pressure, stroke, swelling, edema, fluid retention

– dehydration

– blood disorders – anemia)

– bleeding or clotting problems

– asthma

– growths in the nose (nasal polyps)  

**Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication. This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.

*Diclofenac may cause:

– stomach bleeding. Daily use of alcohol and tobacco may increase your risk for stomach bleeding

– may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps

– elderly may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially stomach/intestinal bleeding and kidney effects.

– must not be used during pregnancy. It can harm the unborn baby and mother

*******DRUG INTERACTIONS: This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious interactions may occur:

– high doses of aspirin and related drugs – salicylates

– cidofovir, other NSAIDs – ketorolac

If you are currently using any of these medications listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting diclofenac/misoprostol.

anti-platelet drugs – cilostazol, clopidogrel

– oral bisphosphonates – alendronate

– “blood thinners” – enoxaparin, heparin, warfarin

– corticosteroids – prednisone, cyclosporine, desmopressin, digoxin

– high blood pressure drugs – ACE inhibitors such as captopril, angiotensin receptor blockers such as loartan, and beta-blockers such as metoprolol, lithium, methotrexate, pemetrexed, probenecid

– SSRI antidepressants (e.g., fluoxetine, sertraline), “water pills” – diuretics such as furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, triamterene

– pain/fever drugs – NSAIDs such as aspirin, celecoxib, ibuprofen. These drugs are similar to this medication, so taking one of these drugs while also taking this medication may increase your risk of side effects

*******This document does not contain all possible interactions.

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My 2 cents:

I was prescribed these for probably 15 years. I experienced many of the symptoms above yet the doctor never considered them being a side effect from the drugs they were prescribing.  They then went on to give me more drugs  for the symptoms I was having and send me to specialists for this and that, added more diagnoses and more prescriptions to the mix.  Hmmm??? Beside the added expense to our health care. Believe me too, when you involve more doctors you open yourself up to a power struggle of who is right with what diagnoses and then also the ego of the doctor whom is always right. To be honest, it is hard to find doctors who agree with one another.

Did you read that this is not a complete list of possible side effect? The list just goes on and on. This is because the reports just keep coming in from people so you should keep updated and report your side effects! If you experienced heavy vaginal bleeding they would probably send you to a gynecologist and not even consider your muscle relaxant. Muscle weakness or fatigue you might have a touch of the flu. Abdominal pain, nausea or vomitting probably the same thing or send you for an ultra sound to check your gallbladder. My point here is that one drug can cause so many problems, offer so little cure and it’s side effects or adverse reactions can be masked as disease itself.

Sources:

http://www.medicinenet.com/diclofenac_wmisoprostol-oral_tablet/article.htm

 http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/1026

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/897

http://naturalpainreliefforfibromyalgia.com/554